EXCLUSIVE Q&A SESSION WITH ROGER KELLY INSTITUTE OF ACOUSTICS, UK & MATTHEW CARTER DIRECTOR/GENERAL MANAGER MIDDLE EAST ACOUSTIC LOGIC FOR 10 - 13 April, 2011, Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Q&A conducted byAll opinions and statements in this interview are of the interviewee themselves and do not reflect the opinion(s) of IQPC and/ or its personnel.
Speaker key:RK: Roger KellyMC: Matthew CarterIQPC: Acoustics in construction is not a new concept among seasonedpractitioners in the Middle East; however it is only recently that thisindustry has received increased visibility. How do you see the industrygrowing in a booming construction economy like Saudi Arabia? RK: Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East are upgrading their building infrastructure: theatres, concert halls, cinemas, schools, universities, media facilities as well as residential and hotel accommodation, offices, hospitals etc. All of these building types require careful acoustic design to ensure thatnoise producing spaces are protected from noise sensitive spaces and thatthe acoustics are suitable for the function of the space. Therefore carefulacoustic design will be required to ensure that the highest degree of acousticfunctionality is achieved. Inevitably clients will realise the importance of this byeither failing to employ an acoustic consultant resulting in buildings that arenot fit for purpose, or conversely by investing in proper design advice andbeing delivered high quality buildings. MC: I see acoustics taking a similar path to the remainder of the Middle East, fail first and then see value in it being included to some degree. Where Saudi has the option to differ is via learning from the mistakes of the Middle East. It is not hard to find a complainer in the ME on the apartment they are living in for overhearing neighbours, noisy plantroom etc.IQPC: There is a concern in the industry that due to a lack of goodframeworks and regulations regarding acoustics in construction in theregion, developers and contractors don’t give much importance to orheed compliance. What is your opinion on this concern? RK: In the UK and Europe standards dictate minimum performances for most buildings and guidance documents are published to help designers to achieve these performances. Clients in our region are very aware of the consequences of overlooking the acoustics requirements as many buildings havefailed to perform. Consequentially almost all projects will have a competentacoustic consultancy responsible for evaluating and producing the correctacoustic design for the building. In the Middle East designers need to adoptsuitable standards and use competent acoustic consultants with the relevantexperience to enable them to deliver high quality buildings. All opinions and statements in this interview are of the interviewee themselves and do not reflect the opinion(s) of IQPC and/ or its personnel.
MC: Totally agree. Acoustics, even in a visible market such as ME region is often seen as a cost or an add-on for status tier/market position. Without regulation developers and builders remain unaccountable to a large degreeIQPC: What do you feel an event like Acoustics in Construction SaudiArabia should bring to the table in order to help the industry at large inSaudi Arabia? RK: It will help the attendees to understand many of the acoustic issues they will encounter and provide suggestions about who can help them solve these issues, how this will happen and the value of using competent acousticians. MC: Acoustics in Construction in Saudi should be a promotion of acoustics, its value and viability along with past mistakes of the ME in general. Only by pointing out the cost of past mistake can the unfamiliar see importanceIQPC: What can attendees expect in your session? How would you likethem to prepare in order to benefit from it? RK: I will explain the importance of the Institute of Acoustics and its role in helping and educating its members, the standards and guidance documents available and then highlight some examples of successful buildings in the Middle East that have been designed by some of our members. The IOA has 3,000 members of whichover 300 are Chartered Engineers, and 1,097 registered companies. MC: Attendees can expect an informative/concise perspective on acoustics from my experiences both in the ME and internationally. I aim to highlight the importance of acoustics, show that it can be value adding and ultimately strengthen its place. There is no preparation necessary other than being open to discussion and asound perspective.The Acoustics in Construction Saudi Arabia summit will take place from 10-13 April 2011, Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.For more information or to register, call on +971 4 364 2975, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.acousticsinconstruction.com All opinions and statements in this interview are of the interviewee themselves and do not reflect the opinion(s) of IQPC and/ or its personnel.